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Food File

By PEGGY ANDERS, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 13, 2002

Special events and food tastings

HAWAIIAN COOKING: 5:30-10:30 p.m. Sat., Roy's, Tampa, 4342 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa. Hawaiian fusion cuisine demonstrated by visiting chef Roy Yamaguchi. Reservations required; lunch ordered off menu. (813) 873-7697.

ULTIMATE FLORIDA BEER DINNER: 7-11 p.m. Thur., Cobblestone's Grill, 6902 Hanley Road, Tampa. Five-course gourmet dinner with Florida-brewed beers with every course. $35. (813) 249-5119.

BACCHUS PRELUDE: 4-6 p.m. Sun., Gianniero's Specialties and Wines, 2506 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. Evening of desserts and dessert wines introduces guests to the tastes of five regions of Italy: Abruzzi, Campagna, Calabria, Piemonte, Veneto -- a prelude to upcoming Bacchus in Black Tie VII. Cost: $35. Call (727) 712-2795 to RSVP.

APPETIZER AND BREAD TASTING: 12:30-2 p.m. Sat., the Bread Artisans Bakery, 4442 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Freshly baked and naturally fermented breads and samples of regional Italian appetizers featuring Rosmarino, Campagna, Saraceno, Corona and Filoncino breads at free tasting: (727) 548-1400.

VEGAN DINNER AND LECTURE: 7 p.m. Feb. 26, Bay-Route Lebanese Restaurant, 1849 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Try hummus, baba ghanoush, stuffed grape leaves, falafel, tabbouleh and spinach pie. After dinner: John Mandujano on "My Decision" and choosing vegetarianism. RSVP required by Feb. 21. Call (727) 898-9035.

Wine and Beer tastings/classes

PIC PAC WINES TASTING: 5-7 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wine and Spirits, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free weekly tasting: (727) 347-0743.

MAZZARO'S TASTING: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Mazzaro's Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Sample wines from California, Italy, France, Spain and around the world at free tasting: (727) 321-2400.

Cooking classes

MASTERING THE BASICS: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 20, A Passion for Food, 6837 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Sandra Morawski hosts cooking-class series on the basics of handling foods, designed for those new to cooking or who want to improve: $30 per class. Call (727) 522-2882 to register, RSVP required.

ELEGANT ENTERTAINING: 6:30-8 p.m. Tue., A Passion for Food, 6837 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Learn simple techniques to fresh and innovative entertaining including hors d'oeuvres parties, buffet and elegant sit-down dinners. $30 per class. Call (727) 522-2882 to register, RSVP required.

WHAT'S FOR DINNER: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tue., Margaret Ann's Catering, 5625 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Crunched for time? Get organized at this class that shows how to make a week's worth of meals: $35. Call (727) 525-3983.

Table talk

Send news of coming events at least two weeks in advance of the publication date to Food File, the Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.

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